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Bemidji woman appears in Becker County Court for assault, strangulation

A Bemidji woman made her first appearance Friday in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation.

Mary Elizabeth Williams, 26, of 2790 Ivy Lane NE, Bemidji, is also facing a gross misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer with violence in connection with the Feb. 21. Incident.

Williams has been accused of attacking and attempting to choke a male victim during a Feb. 21 incident at his Pine Point residence. According to the criminal complaint, she also resisted the arresting officer's attempts to take her into custody, then repeatedly tried to kick out the rear windows of the squad car after being placed inside.

She continued to kick at the window even after being placed in shackles; it was only after the officer dosed her with some pepper spray that she subsided. After arriving at the Becker County Law Enforcement Center, she also refused to walk inside the jail, and started kicking the officers who were trying to take her inside. A tazer was ultimately deployed to get her to stop.

Williams has been placed in custody pending her next appearance at a March 14 omnibus hearing; her bail was set at $5,000 with conditions, or $20,000 without conditions. The victim in the case has also filed a domestic abuse no contact order against her.